Kim Robien, Ph.D., R.D., C.S.O.

Kim Robien, Ph.D., R.D., C.S.O.

After practicing as a clinical dietitian for more than 10 years, I started to find the work less fulfilling, and realized that I wanted to work in nutrition at a broader level - preventing disease rather than treating it, and helping communities rather than individuals (although I really enjoyed getting to know each of the patients that I worked with). I decided to pursue a doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle - a school where the nutrition program is housed in the School of Public Health. My coursework and research projects at the UW allowed me to explore the field of public health from many perspectives - nutrition, epidemiology, environmental health, and health services. Over the years in my doctoral program, and now the 10 years since completing my doctoral degree, I have become increasingly devoted to the field of public health nutrition. My research focuses on nutrition in relation to cancer prevention and survivorship. I am also interested in environmental nutrition and sustainable food systems, and the extent to which exposure to pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and other chemicals through food and water may contribute to risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. My husband and I are dedicated "foodies" and love cooking and exploring new foods where ever we travel.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Dietetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1989 Masters of Science, Dietetics, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, 1991 Doctorate, Nutritional Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, 2003

Research

Dr. Robien's research program focuses on nutrition in cancer prevention and survivorship, with a special focus on folate and vitamin D. She is also interested in environmental nutrition and sustainable food systems, and the extent to which exposure to pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and other chemicals through food and water may contribute to risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Community Service

Editorial Board, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Editorial Board, Nutrition in Clinical Practice Ad hoc grant reviewer for National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Health Research and Policy Research Programme (UK), Canadian Cancer Society Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Member, American Association for Cancer Research Member, American Society for Clinical Oncology Member, American Public Health Association Member, World Public Health Nutrition Association Member, GW Urban Food Task Force

Expertise

  • Chronic Disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Nutrition

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